The new Frontiers in Computing Systems group,  part of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, is hosting an inaugural full-day symposium, with leading speakers and panelists, to highlight the advances and grand challenges in Big Data infrastructure:  extreme-scale computing systems (hardware, parallel computing, software, databases) and their application to solve diverse cutting-edge problems in climate and ocean science, population-scale biomedical informatics, genomics, materials science, neuroscience, astrophysics and engineering.

The symposium includes an exciting keynote by Ruchir Puri, the chief architect of IBM’s Watson system, on "Engineering the Future of Cognitive Systems."  Other speakers include those developing state-of-art high-performance parallel computers and large-scale Python-based software platforms, as well as experts on computational problems in climate science, astrophysics, and protein folding simulation.

The event will include a keynote talk, lunch, two talk presentation sessions, a networking and poster session, and a panel of experts with audience participation.


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Mark Moraes

D.E. Shaw Research
Head of Engineering

MARK MORAES is Head of Engineering at D.E. Shaw Research (DESRES), where he both leads and contributes directly to a large part of the engineering and systems development work.  He returned to the D.E. Shaw group in 2004 after spending several years designing systems management products at two Bay Area startups:  Pointrex, where he was a Founder and CTO, and Tapstone, where he served as CTO. During his previous stint with the D. E. Shaw group, he was responsible for Juno Online Services' architecture and technical team, as well as for developing systems and network infrastructure for D.E. Shaw and Co., L.P. M ark received an M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, both in electrical engineering.